Ethan Hanley

2020 Letter

In 2016, my uncle died from stage 4 colon cancer, and since that day my career focus has been on health and oncology. I am currently attending UT Tyler in Longview with the goal of becoming an oncology nurse. I wish to become a nurse to work in the oncology wing of UT Southwestern Medical Hospital in Dallas to make the greatest impact on the lives affected by cancer. Winning this scholarship for the second time means more to me and to my family than you could possibly fathom.

My Dad, as you know, has been a police officer for 27 years, and has worked 70 plus hours a week for 3 years to put my sister and me through college. I am very grateful for everything my parents have done for me, the long nights, the early mornings, all for me to gain a college education. Recently, with the events surrounding our country, my father has decided to change careers and is going into the sheet metal business with his uncle, which will be a positive shift from the career he is currently in, but also places financial stress on the family even with all of the positivity.

Winning this scholarship will not only help me and lower the cost of tuition, but it will also help my family to relax, and help my parents as they transition into unknown waters. I look forward to the Zoom celebration, and wish we could be in person since I would have been able to attend this year, but with COVID, Zoom has been a life saver not only for events like this, but with universities across the world. So, in the most grateful tone I can achieve through written means, Thank you for everything.

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2019 Letter

In 2016, my uncle died from stage 4 colon cancer, and since that day my career focus has been on health. I am currently attending Texas A&M University in College Station with the goal of becoming a nurse. I wish to become a nurse to work in the oncology wing of UT Southwestern Medical Hospital in Dallas to make the greatest impact on the lives affected by cancer. Winning this scholarship means more to me and to my family than you could possibly know.

My Dad currently works over 70 hours a week to support not only me but also my sister who is currently at TWU in Denton. I am very grateful for everything my Dad does for me, the long nights, the early mornings, all for me to gain a college education. Winning this scholarship will not only help myself and lower the cost of tuition, but it will also help my family to relax, and help my Dad by cutting down his hours by a small margin. This scholarship will allow me to continue my education and pursue my goal of working in oncology. I truly wish I could’ve been there in person to receive my scholarship and meet all the wonderful people.